“Okay, so we got a trooper pulls someone over, we got a shooting, these folks drive by, there’s a high-speed pursuit, ends here, and then this execution-type deal.”
Joel and Ethan Coen may have won big at Cannes with “Barton Fink,” but it wasn’t until 1996’s “Fargo” was nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, and won Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay for the Coens that Hollywood really started believing that these guys could deliver the goods. (They did fail miserably in Hollywood with their previous effort, “The Hudsucker Proxy,” after all.) Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Drama by the Brothers Coen series with our discussion on this homespun tale of murder, “Fargo.” We talk about the nature of the setting — North Dakota and Minnesota — and what that brings to the film. We chat about the brilliant talent — from William H. Macy to McDormand to Steve Buscemi to Peter Stormare to Harve Presnell — and what each of them brings to the table. We discuss the nature of protagonist vs. antagonist in a film structured like this and what reversals do to the storytelling process. We delve into the beautiful cinematography of Roger Deakins and explore what he was doing with the camera in this film. And we go back and forth on the Mike Yanagita character as far as what it means in the context of this film. We love this film and talk at length about it. Tune in!
- Original Script
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Steve Park’s Mission Statement
- ChetArt’s “Blood Has Been Shed” Fargo Tribute Poster
Trailers of the Week
Andy’s Trailer: “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane — After hearing about how great this horror film is only to have it lost in the distributor shuffle and legal imbroglios for 7 YEARS, I’m very curious to see it and am glad it’s finally getting released to the world. Of course after all that time, it better not be another “You’re Next” or Pete’s going to flip his lid.“
Pete’s Trailer: “American Hustle — More gritty 70s con drama? I’m in. The only I’ll be wearing my honorary Roy Scheider mask just to make sure I fit in.